These celebratory reds include many a classic but also handpicked examples from some of the most exciting new wine regions. They should deliver pleasure and relative value. Alcohol levels vary quite widely but even the 15 percenters taste well-balanced and appetising. The prices given are for single bottles but you can usually save money by ordering by the case, which may often be mixed.

Vicien Malbec 2017 Catamarca, Argentina 13.5%This organically farmed estate 1,600 metres up the Andes is so remote that in 2010 Simon Taylor was apparently only the second wine merchant ever to visit. Time in bottle has imbued this wine with a hint of leather and a sweet, salty quality. Unusual to find a mature wine at this price. £10.75 Stone, Vine & Sun

Thymiopoulos, Jeunes Vignes Xinomavro 2019 Náoussa, Greece 13%Xinomavro is arguably Greece’s greatest red-wine grape and makes wines not unlike Barolo in character: pale, fresh and appetisingly chewy in youth. This young-vine version has stony-sweet fruit with a refreshing finish and lots of mineral character. Truly thrilling are the same producer’s single-vineyard 2017s, such as Aftorizo (£69 Wine & Greene, £79 Theatre of Wine). £10.95 The Wine Society

Plaimont, Black Edition 2015 Saint Mont, SW France 14%A blend of Tannat, Pinenc and Cabernet Sauvignon designed to express the best terroirs of this part of Gascony. Typically tannic for the region and a great-value alternative to Madiran. £10.99 Adnams

Bojador 2019 Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal 14%A blend of Tempranillo with Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira from a particularly dynamic producer. Chock-full of character and energy, with masses of fruit kept in check by some sour fruit acidity. £12.50 Davy’s Wine Merchants

Dom du Joncier, L’O 2018 Vin de France, Southern Rhône 13.5%Mainly 45-year-old certified organic Grenache with one-third Syrah. Intense, nicely balanced, sweet and spicy nose. Very polished tannins and a hint of salty Syrah. Really rather luscious. £13.50 Stone, Vine & Sun

Piekenierskloof Wine Co Cinsault 2018 Piekenierskloof, South Africa 14%From 44-year-old vines, half-aged in old oak. Juicy, red-cherry fruit — juiciness incarnate, in fact, but with quite a grip of fine tannins too.£13.95 Stone, Vine & Sun

Vadio 2016 Bairrada, Portugal 13%From a small family-owned estate in northern Portugal whose reds depend on the notably chewy local grape Baga. This is firm and stony, with fabulously strong Baga character, and it’s really vital and ready now. Silly price for a four-year-old wine. £13.95 The Wine Society

Ch Les Anguilleys 2015 Médoc, Bordeaux 13%Les Anguilleys is a label of Ch Vieux Robin in Bégadan in the northern Médoc. A 50:50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from vines averaging about 40 years old. Bordeaux has so many bargains . . .£14.50 Stone, Vine & Sun

Ch des Estanilles, Vallongue 2017 Faugères, Languedoc 14%Brilliant value from the schistous foothills of the Cévennes. Lovely transparent fruit in which the Syrah seems to dominate. Charming.£14.95 Yapp Bros

Springfontein, Terroir Selection Pinotage 2016 Walker Bay, South Africa 15%Very sweet and vital but without any of the less desirable features once associated with Pinotage. Clean, fresh, intense and potent. £15.25 Private Cellar

Undurraga TH, Las Gaviotas Pinot Noir 2018 San Antonio, Chile 13.5%This serious alternative to red burgundy is from a cool, coastal region near the Chilean capital. TH stands for terroir hunter. £15.50 The Wine Society

Telmo Rodriguez, Corriente 2017 Rioja, Spain 14%Rodriguez of Remelluri is a bit of a genius and this lightly oak-matured wine is inspired by the sort of pure, fruit-dominated riojas that locals would drink. £16 The Sourcing Table

Frontonio, Cuevas de Arom As Ladieras 2016 Campo de Borja, Spain 14.5%Fernando Mora was a mechanical engineer who qualified as a Master of Wine in record time when he decided that his future lay in transforming old Garnacha vines in the depopulated Aragón region into beautiful wines with edgy, sweet fruit. £16 The Wine Society

Ch Charmail 2012 Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux 13% A good price for an eight-year-old wine, though it is still quite youthful. Very fresh, with some concentration. £17 The Wine Society

Le Casematte, Peloro 2017 Terre Siciliane, Sicily 13.5%A stunning wine from the north-east coast of Sicily based on the Etna grape Nerello plus the local Nocera. It’s a real charmer, while Le Casematte 2017 Faro (£24.50 Lea & Sandeman) is a bit more serious. Both are distinctively savoury, impressively persistent and reasonably priced for the quality. £17.95 Lea & Sandeman

Ch Peyrabon 2009 Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux 14% This is a no-brainer for a classic red bordeaux from a ripe vintage that’s at the peak of its powers. Lusciously ready. £19.18 Justerini & Brooks, £22 The Wine Society

Ch Grand Village 2016 Bordeaux Supérieur 15%From the home farm of the Guinaudeaus of star Pomerol Ch Lafleur. Massively ripe but not unappetising. It’s a bit lighter than most serious Pomerols but infinitely more interesting than any Bordeaux Supérieur I can readily think of. £19.68 Justerini & Brooks

I Fabbri, Lamole 2018 Chianti Classico, Italy 13%This organically farmed estate at 630 metres above Greve is one of the highest in Chianti Classico. Unoaked 100 per cent Sangiovese: the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit. Not rich, not heavy, but ethereal. £19.75 Stone, Vine & Sun

La Combe Saint Paul, L’Insoupçonné 2016 Languedoc-La Clape 14.5% Very luxurious Syrah on the nose. Heady and rich with a leathery and liquorice finish. Pretty luxurious for the money. £19.95 Stone, Vine & Sun

Jean-Louis Chave Sélection, Offerus 2017 St-Joseph, Northern Rhône 14%From the most admired producer of Hermitage. Intense, meaty nose with spicy, treacly notes. Very fine for this price. £19.98 Justerini & Brooks

Colombera & Garella 2018 Coste della Sesia, Piemonte, Italy 13%Not concentrated but oh so appetising. Great lift and local character: a friendly Nebbiolo for fairly early consumption.£20.60 The Sourcing Table

Bodegas Pinuaga 200 Cepas 2015 Tierra de Castilla, Spain 14.5%From a small vineyard of 65-year-old Tempranillo bush vines south-east of Madrid. Lots of personality. A good price for such a subtle, mature wine. £22.96 Private Cellar

Paulo Manzone, San Giuliano 2016 Barbaresco, Italy 14.5%Piemontese Nebbiolo very traditionally made in Barolo’s twin commune. Great life and engagement on the end, even if the nose is a little low-key. Already pleasing and from a fine vintage. £22.99 Adnams

Castello di Volpaia, Coltassala 2016 Tuscany 14%This reliable estate’s top wine. Intense, organically certified Sangiovese fruit — the product of a hot vintage but grown at an altitude that freshened up the vines overnight. Great vitality. Lovely. £32.99 Adnams

Passopisciaro, Passorosso 2016 Etna, Sicily 14%An ethereal blend from ancient, lava-strewn vineyards on the flanks of the volcano from the estate of Andrea Franchetti. A much lighter, fresher style of wine — an expression of the Nerello Mascalese grape — than the rich wines of his Tenuta di Trinoro estate in southern Tuscany. £34.50 Corney & Barrow

Kikones Limnio 2016 Thrace, Greece 14%This wine, made from an increasingly popular Greek island grape, has more than a little in common with a Barolo. It’s like a cocktail of tarmacadam and rose petals, with a rich undertow of sweet fruit and appetising bite. I love it! £38.95 Perfect Cellar

Dom du Cellier aux Moines, Clos du Cellier aux Moines Premier Cru 2017 Givry, Burgundy 13% Organically grown grapes in an ancient walled vineyard, part of a recently revived 870-year-old monastic estate in the Côte Chalonnaise. Like so many 2017s, this is already appealing — pure, accessible, sweet red burgundy. This would make lovely Christmas drinking — especially in a magnum. £42.75 (£87.75 a magnum) Haynes Hanson & Clark

Dom Thierry Mortet 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy 13%Certified organic, fully mature red burgundy available by the single bottle. This is fresh and pretty rather than rich and rip-roaring. Could be a treat with turkey but may be overwhelmed by particularly sweet accompaniments. £45.95 Lea & Sandeman

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